New York Construction Accident Lawyer Adnan Munawar Issues Statement After Court Rules "King of Cranes" can be Sued Personally by Victims' Families
New York Construction Accident Lawyer Adnan Munawar, of Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, lauds court's decision to allow families of victims of 2008 crane accident to sue James Lomma, the "King of Cranes."
Jun 29, 2015, 08:50 ET
NEW YORK, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In what has become the city's longest-running civil trial, the court has finally ruled the families of the victims who died in a 2008 crane accident on New York's Upper East Side can sue the man personally they say is responsible, James Lomma, also known as the "King of Cranes," The New York Post, is reporting (Victims' Families Can Sue "King of Cranes" over Deadly 2008 Crash. June 1, 2015). Donald Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj died May 30, 2008, when one of Lomma's Kodiak tower cranes crashed down on East 91st Street.
The court's ruling, which comes almost exactly seven years after the deadly crash, found that Lomma, who is the head of NY Crane & Equipment Co., personally approved the vendor who supplied a substandard bearing on the crane and hired someone with an eighth-grade education to oversee the crane's operation. The jury is still to decide whether or not to award punitive damages, which are being sought.
"We should all commend the court today for taking a firm stand against people who take the safety of construction workers lightly," said Adnan Munawar, Partner at Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP. "Working-class men and women put themselves at risk every day to build this great city, and anyone who thinks they can get away with cutting corners when it comes to protecting workers should think twice. Corporations should not protect those who act with such disregard for the well-being of others."
"While in this instance, according to the court, Mr. Lomma acted in such a manner that he should not be personally protected from liability, much of the time this is not the outcome. However, while personal liability is not always a possibility, victims are generally entitled to be compensated for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and potentially other losses such as wages. As this case shows, establishing responsibility can be a long and arduous process, especially if the party at fault has savvy representation, and this is one of the biggest reasons why injured persons should have their own representation. While you recover, an experienced, zealous advocate can fight on your behalf for the compensation you need and deserve. There is no reason to be intimidated by costs—consulting with a personal injury attorney is free, and you only pay a dime when you win, so virtually anyone can afford quality representation if they have been in an accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered and injury, medical condition, or worse, as a result of a construction accident in New York, you should contact a New York Construction Accident lawyer today at 212.400.4000 to receive information about the your rights under the law and how to pursue claims for the compensation you deserve.
About Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP
Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP ("MLawfirm") is a Personal Injury Law Firm in New York City. Our team of highly qualified and skilled attorneys handles and represents clients in a wide range of legal areas including: Car/Auto Accidents, Bike Accidents, Truck Accidents, Construction Accidents, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice and No-Fault Collection/Litigation/Arbitration or Accidents. If you need legal help feel free to contact our attorneys. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to our clients. Because Insurance companies have their attorneys, adjusters and representatives well trained to defend, delay and frustrate your right to recover full and adequate compensation and damages. One of our greatest strengths is that we are Trial Lawyers. That means we prepare client's case as if it is going to court and we use tireless effort to secure the best possible results for them. At Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP, a preeminent New York law firms, no case is too large or too small. Our attorneys treat all clients with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our law firm and attorneys work hard to deliver the very best results to all of our clients. Do you have a legal issue? Do not hesitate to call for free consultation at (212)-400-4000.
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SOURCE Munawar & Andrews-Santillo, LLP
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